Railway commuters allege sudden fare hike in Kashmir

Srinagar: A day after partial restoration of Railway service in Kashmir valley after remaining suspended for more than eleven months, local commuters on Tuesday alleged that Railway authorities have resorted to unilateral hike in the fare tariffs.

One of the passengers Sahil Shakeel told News Agency Kashmir Dot Com (KDC) that soon after partial restoration of railway services; authorities have raised the fare amount unilaterally, which has left common people in doldrums.

“Earlier, we used to pay 10 rupees fare from Anantnag to Srinagar, now after its partial restoration we are being forced to pay rupees 30 fare to reach the same destiny. Similarly, commuters were being charged Rs 25 earlier from Budgam to Banihal now the fare has been increased to rupees 50” he alleged.

“This sudden hike in fare is unacceptable and the administration needs to intervene into the matter” said another commuter Fayaz Ahmad.

The fare hike has invited sharp criticism from masses across Kashmir and people are demanding its immediate rollback. (KDC)